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Recruiting: The "off" time in July

College coaches technically have six "off" days of traveling in the middle of July.

But there's still plenty of work to be done.

That period may be just as pivotal as the sets of 10-day recruiting periods.

At the tournaments, coaches can't talk to players, parents or AAU coaches. But the six-day period in between is a "dead period," which means there can't be in-person contact but coaches can call. So they're busy using the information they got from the packets and the notes they took about kids that weren't on their radar to call coaches and get the scoop.

"You're just as competitive and working your tails off during those five days (as you are on the road)," said women's coach Sharon Versyp, who doesn't count the sixth day as an off day because she's typically traveling.

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